Hospice Services

Mayo Clinic Hospice provides a full range of hospice care in a homelike setting:

  • Physician services
  • Nursing care
  • Social work
  • Spiritual care and counseling services
  • Registered nurses available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Volunteer support
  • Dietary counseling
  • General inpatient care
  • Inpatient respite care
  • Medications, supplies and equipment
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy — provided for a limited time, on a case-by-case basis

Nursing home hospice care

Mayo Clinic Hospice can provide hospice services in any of 15 specifically contracted area nursing homes (PDF).

General inpatient care

Occasionally, patients may begin to suffer symptoms (for example, uncontrolled pain, uncontrolled nausea or vomiting, or severe agitation) that cannot be effectively and efficiently managed at home. In cooperation with the primary doctor, Mayo Clinic Hospice can arrange for short-term hospitalization for more aggressive measures to control such symptoms. Hospitalization will take place at one of the following contracted hospital settings:

For Rochester:

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus (hospice room available)
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus (hospice room available)
  • Olmsted Medical Center

For Wabasha:

  • Lake City Medical Center (hospice room available)
  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital (hospice room available)

Mayo Hospice arranges any necessary transportation for such stays.

Respite inpatient care

Respite inpatient care means an interval of rest or relief for those providing care to a loved one.

Mayo Hospice can offer respite care for family members who need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Respite care can be provided at one of the contracted hospitals or nursing homes, on an occasional basis, for up to five consecutive days at any given time.


Mayo Clinic Hospice offers bereavement support from time of hospice admission up to 13 months after your loved one's death. Bereavement services include:

  • Identifying family members in need of bereavement support
  • Assessing family strengths, bereavement risk, and concerns and needs related to grief and loss
  • Providing basic grief information and support through:
    • Written materials (cards, letters, booklets)
    • Individual contacts (monthly phone calls, home visits)
    • Support groups
    • Commemorative activities (Time of Remembrance, We Honor Veterans)
  • Social events (Grief During the Holidays)
    • Empowering families to manage grief by identifying areas of strength and support
    • Referring families who need services for complicated bereavement, mental health or other needs.

Adult grief support groups

Mayo Clinic Hospice offers adult grief support groups three times a year. The groups are free and open to any adult who has experienced the death of a significant person in his or her life.

Grief support for children and teens

Healing Adventures Camp is offered by Mayo Clinic Hospice. This is a free, one-day camp for children and teens (ages 5 to 18) who have experienced the death of someone special in their lives. The camp is offered in the spring and fall of each year.

The purpose of Healing Adventures Camp is to:

  • Provide a safe environment for campers to share their grief experience with peers
  • Help campers recognize they are not alone in their grief
  • Provide age-appropriate activities that are fun, while teaching campers healthy ways to express their emotions as they continue on their grief journeys